Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Senior Technologist

Working as an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Senior Technologist you will plan, design and develop climate control and refrigeration systems for industrial and commercial premises. You will provide technical support and advice to clients such as manufacturers, contractors and architects.

Summary of Training

Core Units – 1360 weighting points

  • Apply industry and community standards to engineering activities
  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Compile and produce an energy sector detailed report
  • Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
  • Establish and follow a competency development plan in an electrotechnology engineering discipline
  • Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
  • Identify effects of energy on machinery and materials in an energy sector environment
  • Provide solutions to basic engineering computational problems
  • Solve electrotechnical engineering problems
  • Use advanced computational processes to provide solutions to energy sector engineering problems
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • Use engineering applications software on personal computers
  • Analyse the operation of HVAC air and hydronic systems
  • Analyse the psychrometric performance of HVAC/R systems
  • Analyse the thermodynamic performance of HVAC/R systems
  • Analyse vibration and noise in refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Establish heat loads for commercial refrigeration and/or air conditioning applications
  • Establish the thermodynamic parameters of refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Evaluate thermodynamic and fluid parameters of refrigeration systems
  • Plan refrigeration and air conditioning projects
  • Produce HVAC/R system design drawings
  • Develop strategies to address environmental and sustainability issues in the energy sector

Elective Units – 800 weighting points

  • Deliver a service to customers
  • Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus
  • Maintain documentation
  • Provide quotations for installation or service jobs
  • Source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs
  • Estimate electrotechnology projects
  • Select basic commercial refrigeration system equipment, components and accessories
  • Implement and monitor energy sector environmental and sustainable policies and procedures
  • Prepare tender submissions for electrotechnology projects         
  • Evaluate and report on building services energy management systems
  • Manage contract variations
  • Design complex commercial refrigeration systems and select equipment
  • Design complex control systems for refrigeration or heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems
  • Design complex industrial refrigeration systems and select equipment
  • Design hydronic systems and select equipment
  • Develop heat exchanger design specifications
  • Develop specifications and prepare drawings for HVAC/R projects
  • Evaluate new and alternative technologies applicable to electrotechnology applications 

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 16608

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/3/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Senior Technologist - UEE62420
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classification T T *
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship
T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship
* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 29/3/2022, rounded estimates for October 2020 to September 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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ANZSCO Classification: 342111

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only.

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